Here some good news for American schlock fans who enjoy seeing their chosen fare in a theater – Grindhouse Releasing has just announced some ambitious screening schedules for Gone With The Pope and The Evil Dead. Gone has been building some serious buzz since its L.A. debut and The Evil Dead is, of course, a can’t-miss classic for fans of gonzo horror flicks. Seeing a movie on a big screen is always the best way to see it, especially when you’re in a theater packed with like-minded fans. If you live near the areas where these are being shown, try and make a pilgrimage. In the meantime, read on for all the silver-schlock-screen details…
GRINDHOUSE RELEASING Presents Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE, Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD
Oscar-Winner Bob Murawski to Introduce Festival Screenings
LOS ANGELES – Grindhouse Releasing is proud to announce that Duke Mitchell’s long-lost 1970s crime saga GONE WITH THE POPE will be shown on screens across the country following the film’s successful world premiere in Hollywood.
A renowned nightclub entertainer, singer and movie actor known as “Mr. Palm Springs,” Mitchell directs and stars in GONE WITH THE POPE as an ex-con who hatches a plan to kidnap the Pope in exchange for the ransom of “a dollar from every Catholic in the world.” The movie has been described as “the holy grail for lovers of B-movies” and “a true gem from the American underground.”
GONE WITH THE POPE was shot in 1975 but remained unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981. The film reels sat in his son’s garage until Grindhouse Releasing owners Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski offered to take a shot at piecing the movie together. Murawski took charge of the restoration and spent 15 years giving Mitchell’s low-budget movie an A-list treatment in between editing Sam Raimi’s SPIDER MAN 1, 2 & 3, DRAG ME TO HELL, and THE HURT LOCKER.
Murawski and wife/partner Chris Innis won Best Film Editing Oscars for their work on THE HURT LOCKER the same week that GONE WITH THE POPE premiered at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
“The audience response to the movie at the Hollywood premiere surpassed my wildest expectations,” Murawski said. “The turnout was incredible, with the Egyptian Theatre filled to almost capacity. And the crowd was with the movie the entire time – laughing, gasping and cheering at all the appropriate places. The film ended to a thunderous applause that lasted a full minute. It was like a Cannes Film Festival screening. Or a rock concert. After 15 years of hard work finishing this movie, the feeling of accomplishment was tangible and profound. My only regret was that Duke himself was not with us to share it. However, I’m certain he was there in spirit. I feel we have done something truly special in finishing GONE WITH THE POPE, and am excited that audiences across the US and beyond will get a chance to experience the movie on the big screen in its upcoming theatrical tour.”
The buzz from the film’s debut caught the interest of Landmark Theatres, which has been working with Grindhouse on the revival of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD. GONE WITH THE POPE is scheduled to open on Landmark screens in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.
Murawski will travel to Copenhagen to introduce GONE WITH THE POPE at the CPH PIX Film Festival this month. He will also attend a festival screening at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in May.
Meanwhile, Grindhouse Releasing reports success with its ongoing North American tour featuring Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD. The horror classic will screen April 3 at the Alamo Drafthouse in WInchester, Va., and April 10 at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes in San Antonio, Tx., on a triple bill with EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
“EVIL DEAD is a movie that will never die,” said David Szulkin, head of theatrical bookings for Grindhouse Releasing. “Thanks to Landmark Theatres, the Alamo Drafthouse, and other exhibitors, we’ve been able to bring the movie back to the fans who love it. Recent screenings of EVIL DEAD at the Nu Art Theatre in Los Angeles, the Alamo in North Austin, and other venues were sold out completely. The movie will continue to play through the end of 2010.”
Owned by actor/director Sage Stallone and Academy Award-winning film editor Bob Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing has restored such notorious exploitation-horror films as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, CANNIBAL FEROX (a.k.a. MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY), Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND and CAT IN THE BRAIN, PIECES, and I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. Renowned for its commitment to excellence, the company has been called the Criterion of cult movies (Film-Talk.com). In addition to its DVD releases, Grindhouse distributes its films in theaters. Grindhouse Releasing partnered with Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder to release THE BEYOND in theaters and in 2010 launched a nationwide re-release of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD.